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On This Giving Tuesday,
We Give Our Thanks
Photo by Paul W. Meyer
This year has been incredibly challenging for all of us, but the commitment of our members and supporters to protect and celebrate the Chestnut Hill area throughout 2020 has been truly inspiring. Throughout December, we are excited to highlight some of these champions and thank them for their incredible contributions, as we look ahead to the challenges and opportunities to come in 2021!
Longtime Conservancy supporter and Archives volunteer Catherine Worrall has been able to continue volunteering from home, helping to continue the important project of cataloging photographs (like this image of Germantown Avenue in the 1970s) from past years of the Chestnut Hill Local.
“Working on cataloging the pictures donated by the Chestnut Hill Local to the Chestnut Hill Conservancy from home during the pandemic has been a very interesting experience! I am now sorting photographs about the Wissahickon Hospice, labeling them and putting information together that will eventually be added to the Conservancy’s archives software and made accessible to the public. I look forward to the pandemic being over so that I can return to the archives to complete these additions!”
Thanks to Katie and to all of our wonderful Archives volunteers and supporters!
Photo by Bradley Maule
Much of this year’s beautiful and dramatic lighting during Night of Lights was thanks to the expertise and time of John Siemiarowski of Electrical Wizardry, Inc (a Night of Lights sponsor).
“Spending time interacting with people who were experiencing Germantown Avenue in a whole new light (pun intended) was very gratifying. The way an ordinary building can suddenly be dramatic provided some surprises for me even though I installed some of the lights and should have expected that level of transformation.”
John already has great ideas for next year’s event and we can’t wait to see how he helps to transform the Avenue in 2021! Thank you, John, and all of our incredible Night of Lights volunteers, sponsors, and supporters.
What Are You Grateful For
in Our Community?
Last spring, we asked some of our community champions to share stories of gratitude during the difficult early days of the stay at home order. Here, Chris Meyer, with his daughter Anna, shares what he is grateful for in the Chestnut Hill area.
Are you a champion for our irreplaceable community? As one of our final challenges of 2020, the Conservancy must raise $35,000 to meet our fixed costs. With your gift, we can continue the work you rely on to advocate for the Chestnut Hill area communities and the Wissahickon watershed.
Click HERE for more messages of gratitude for the places, spaces, and history that make our community so special.
‘Then and Now’ Activity
History at Home jigsaw puzzles!
In our History at Home Then and Now series of jigsaw puzzles, we pair two images, offering different levels of difficulty, Beginner and Expert. For this month’s Then and Now puzzles, we’re featuring images of the 8500 block of Germantown Avenue.
Click on images below to link to each puzzle!
Look for more Then and Now jigsaw puzzles in future editions of our History at Home emails. Enjoy!
Contactless Toy Drive 2020!
Presented by Conservancy Lead Sponsor Bryn Mawr Trust
All toys collected will be delivered to Cradles for Crayons, which serves children under 12 living in homeless or low-income situations in our local communities.
Saturday, December, 5
Hours: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
When arriving, please remain in your vehicle and wear your mask.
Toy Drive Suggestions:
Games (12 & under)
Bikes, Trikes and Scooters
Sports Equipment
Art, Jewelry and Craft Kits
Building Sets and Legos
Stuffed Animals
Action Figures / Dolls
Toy Drive Locations
Chestnut Hill Branch
*This is a walk-up
for more information!
Chestnut Hill Hospital
Holiday Toy Drive
It’s time to kick-off the holiday season! Community members are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy to a local child this holiday season with Chestnut Hill Hospital’s annual Toy Drive. All toys will be given to the Salvation Army in Roxborough where qualified families select toys for their children.
Collection ends Thursday, December 10. Contributions are greatly appreciated!
Thank You!
Sponsors and supporters are community champions. Your support now will continue our work
in the coming year!
Always feel free to contact us with any questions about the Conservancy, our programs and events, or your membership at
Chestnut Hill Conservancy | 8708 Germantown AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19118